It was almost impossible to travel through Orihuela City by car last Tuesday as firefighters struggled to deal with a fire which had broken out in the kitchens of the Hotel Meliá Tudemir just after the breakfast rush.
Difficulty in attending and fighting the fire in the historic quarter was complicated by the narrow town centre streets but being aware only of an outbreak in a central hotel the Provincial Fire Consortium dispatched two fire tenders, a ladder truck and a control vehicle direct to the scene.
On arriving at the scene, however, firefighters found only a minor fire so all but one of the tenders was stood down. The fire caused only material damage in the 2nd floor kitchen which it failed to extend beyond, although a spokesman did say that some rooms on the third and fourth floors had suffered smoke damage.
Roads in the city centre were closed for about an hour while the fire was dealt with causing major disruption along Calle Ramon Sijé providing access to the Museum and also to the Tuesday market on the Paseo Calvo Sotelo.
A spokesman for the hotel suggested that initial investigations into the cause of the fire thought that it was quite probably a malfunctioning electrical appliance.
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